The risk in the UK is currently ‘Low’ and no special measures are recommended e.g. facemasks. If you have returned from China in the previous 14 days and have become unwell with a possible respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), please do not attend the health centre in person – phone in to ask to speak to the Duty Doctor. When we are closed you should call 111 to seek advice.
Imperial College Health Centre will be closed all day on the following bank holiday dates;
December 25th Christmas Day
December 26th Boxing Day
January 1st New Year’s Day
If you require medical advice please call 020 7584 6301 and follow the instructions.
Appointments available at Hub Practices
London Pharmacies Opening Times
Please find a list of pharmacy opening times over this period below
There have been reports of possible cases of mumps. Please see a letter below from Dr Freedman with advice on Mumps, vaccinations and preventing spread of infection.
We are running extra clinics for patients to be vaccinated against Measles, Mumps and Rubella if they have not previously had a full course of vaccines.
Appointments can be booked via SystmOnline if you are registered for online services. Alternatively please contact reception to arrange an appointment.
Please note we can only vaccinate individuals that are registered with the Health Centre.
All Patients are invited to join our Patient Participation Group.
Details of next meeting;
6th November 5pm – 7pm at the Westbourne Green Surgery
Please see flyer for more details on meeting agenda.
If you are planning on attending the meeting please let us know by emailing [email protected]
Over the last few months Imperial College Health Centre have been completing the Pride in Practice quality assurance programme. We are proud to announce that we have been awarded Gold by the LGBT Foundation.
From the 1st September the Health Centre is offering appointments with a GP, Practice Nurse, and Healthcare Assistant outside of it’s normal hours.
Monday to Friday 7.30 – 8.00am
Telephone appointments available with a GP
Routine appointments available with a Practice Nurse
Tuesday to Thursday 7.30 – 8.00am
Routine appointments available with the Healthcare Assistant
Thursday 6.30 – 8.30pm
Routine appointments available with a GP
Occasionally extended hours clinics may vary to meet the needs of the Practice.
It is advised that all patients aged 16-24 years old should complete 2 doses of Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) and all students attending university for the first time are recommended to have one dose of Meningitis ACW&Y vaccination – When you register you will need to advise us of your vaccination history and we will need the dates. If you have not had and MMR or Meningitis ACW&Y or have not completed the course you will need to come to one of the following nurses clinics. It is very important that you are fully immunised in the first few weeks of coming to university.
We will be running MMR and Meningitis ACWY clinic’s each evening beginning Monday 30th September until Thursday 3rd October between 18:00 pm – 19:30 pm. And a walk-in clinic on 1st October between 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm
Also booked appointments available every Wednesday between 14:00 -15:00 from September 23rd until the end of term.
Appointments can be booked in advance at the Health Centre reception desk, by calling 020 7584 6301 or using online services.
We are now taking bookings for the influenza vaccination. All appointments are available to be booked online; if you do not have online access you can call the Health Centre on 020 7584 6301 to schedule an appointment.
Please check below to see if you are eligible for a vaccination.
Flu is an unpredictable virus that and can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
People who should have a flu vaccine
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.
You may also be able to have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or a local pharmacy offering the service if you’re a frontline health or social care worker employed by a:
- registered residential care/nursing home
- registered homecare organisation
Flu vaccine for children
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
- children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2019 – that is, born between 1 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017
- children in primary school
Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.
65s and over and the flu vaccine
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2019/20) if you are aged 65 and over on 31 March 2020 – that is, you were born on or before 31 March 1955. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2020, you do qualify.
It’s important that you benefit from having the most effective vaccine and for those aged 65 and over, this is either the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine or the cell-grown quadrivalent vaccine.
Pregnant women and the flu vaccine
If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached.
That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
If you’re pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:
- it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
- it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of flu
- it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.
Read more about the flu vaccine in pregnancy.
Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement.
Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.
The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you are not technically in 1 of the risk groups above.
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about this.
Flu vaccine for health and social care workers
Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection.
If you’re a frontline health and social care worker, you’re eligible for an NHS flu vaccine.
It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange vaccination for you. Find out what arrangements have been made at your workplace for providing flu vaccination.
If you are an NHS-employed frontline healthcare worker, the NHS will pay for your vaccination.
You may be able to have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or local pharmacy offering the service if your employer does not offer a flu vaccination programme and you’re a frontline health or social care worker employed by a:
- registered residential care/nursing home
- registered homecare organisation
The flu vaccine will help protect you, your colleagues and the patients and residents you care for.
Flu vaccine for carers
If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.
Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website.
Information above courtesy of NHS Choices.
Imperial College Health Centre will be closed on the afternoon of 9th July due to staff training. Urgent GP consultations and the administration team will be available via telephone during the hours of 14:00pm – 16:00pm.